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Joint doctoral campaign of the Université de Lyon & the China Scholarship Council (CSC)


The 2022 campaign is now open.

Presentation of the program

Goals

The main goal of this program is to enable eligible students selected by the Université de Lyon and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) to complete a thesis in a research unit under the Université de Lyon.

The Université de Lyon and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) have been pursuing an agreement since 2013 which provides for the funding by the Chinese government of 30 Chinese doctoral students per year.

What does being a doctoral student mean?

To be admitted into a doctoral program in France, you must have a research subject, a supervisor and a funding. Research subjects are provided by the research teams or proposed by the candidates themselves. In human and social sciences, it is quite usual that the proposal is elaborated by the candidate knowing that it has to be part of a thematic area on which a research team works.

A PhD program lasts 3 years but can be extended to 4 years if it is scientifically relevant and if there is available funding.

Usually, French is the language of the dissertation and defense. However, it is possible to write and to defend in another language, but in this case, there must be a written abstract in French (and sometimes an oral abstract too).

The doctoral student is attached to a doctoral school (in French, a doctoral school is called "école doctorale -ED"), according to his/her scientific area and registered as a student at a selected higher education and research institution. The doctoral school manages and validates the selection of candidates, guarantees the scientific quality of supervision and provides doctoral students with interdisciplinary training The higher education and research institution decide the admission into a doctoral program and awards the degree.

Each doctoral student has to take a certain limited amount of "doctoral courses" adapted to their scientific and professional aims. This training may consist of participation at a scientific seminar or at short training sessions. The Université de Lyon offers a wide range of training opportunities which seek to provide doctoral students with transferable skills and to help them in ensuring their future employability.

Once they are admitted into a doctoral program, doctoral students pay registration fees as well as the Student Life and Campus Tax (CVEC). This tax of €90 must be paid every year. PhD students have to register on their own to France's social security system. This procedure is free of charge.

The Université de Lyon has 17 doctoral schools which cover all fields of research.


2022 campaign important dates

Note: beware of double applications!

Some member institutions of the Université de Lyon (ENS de Lyon, INSA Lyon & Centrale Lyon) have similar agreements with the CSC. Be careful not to apply through both ways as this could have consequences for other applications.

  1. July 23, 2021: applications open
  2. Thesis proposals must be sent to international.office@universite-lyon.fr before September 30, 2021
  3. Validation Security Defense of thesis offers by the Université de Lyon: until mid-December
  4. Publication of approved thesis proposals: December 15, 2021
  5. Student applications to thesis directors and doctoral schools: between December 2021 & February 2022
  6. A shortlist will be issued by the thesis directors and doctoral schools before March 10, 2022
  7. The thesis director, via his laboratory, sends his institution's Defense Security Officer (FSD) the complete file of the candidate selected for authorization of the doctoral student's access to the laboratory (approximately 2 months)
  8. Shortlisted candidates should submit their CSC scholarship applications directly via the CSC website between March 10 and March 30, 2022
  9. The Université de Lyon sends the exhaustive and final list of candidates selected by the doctoral schools to the CSC on April 01, 2022.
  10. The CSC communicates the results of the selection to the University of Lyon, which in turn transmits them to the Doctoral Schools: June & July 2022.
  11. The selected doctoral students will arrive in France on September 1, 2022.
Visit our webpage in French for more information on procedures

Eligibility criteria

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of China;
  • Hold (or be a future holder of) a Master’s degree or equivalent that demonstrates your aptitude for research;
  • Be in the 2nd year of a Master’s degree or 1st year of a PhD for a basic grant;
  • Be in the 2nd year of a PhD for Cotutelle grants;
  • Have a very good level of French or English, depending on your scientific field (a minimum level of B2/C1 is recommended).

How to apply?

STEP #1
If a subject or theme corresponds to your project: send your application to the thesis director (detailed CV and cover letter in the requested language).

or

If you have a thesis subject to propose: send your application (detailed CV and cover letter in the requested language) along with the thesis subject to the director of the corresponding doctoral school.

STEP #2
Your application will be reviewed by a research team. You may be asked to submit more information or to have an interview on line.


STEP #3
The research teams select the candidates. The director of the lab and the director of the doctoral school validate the selection.
 

STEP #4
You will receive a letter of acceptance of your application signed by the director of the host laboratory, the thesis director and the director of the doctoral school. You will attach this letter to your CSC application.

STEP #5
You submit your application file directly on the application portal hosted on the CSC website from March 10 to 30, 2022.

STEP #6
You are notified of the result of the CSC scholarship by the doctoral school, subject to the access authorization (FSD) to your host research laboratory.

FYI
The Université de Lyon wishes to encourage applications:

  • From universities in Shanghai (ECNU, Tongji, Fudan, Jiao Tong Shanghai, New York Univeristy Shanghai) partners of the Université de Lyon,
  • As part of an existing program between an establishment in Lyon or Saint-Étienne and a Chinese institution,
  • For joint doctorates.

Guidelines from the CSC

Topics and subjects proposed by the doctoral schools

2022 topics & subjects coming soon

Life sciences

Evolution, Ecosystems, Microbiology, Modelling (ED 341 E2M2)

Integrative and Cellular Molecular Biology (ED 340 BMIC)

Neurosciences and Cognition (ED 476 NSCo)

Sciences-Health Interdisciplinary (ED 205 EDISS)

Formal and physical sciences

Chemistry, Processes and Environments (ED 206)

Electronics, Electrotechnology and Automatics (ED 160 EEA)

Computing and Mathematics (ED 512 InfoMaths)

Materials (ED 34)

Mechanical Engineering, Energetics, Civil Engineering and Acoustics (ED 162 MEGA)

Physics and Astrophysics (ED 52 PHAST)

Sciences, Engineering, Health (ED 488 SIS)

Humanities & social sciences

Law (ED 492)

History, Geography, Town Planning, Urbanism, Archaeology, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology (ED 483 ScSo)

Literature, Languages, Linguistics, Art (ED 484 3LA)

Philosophy: History, Representation, Creation (ED 487 Philo)

Sciences of Education, Psychology, Information and Communications (ED 485 EPIC)

Economics and Managerial Sciences (ED 486 SEG)

You already have a thesis subject?

We advise Chinese candidates to contact directly the doctoral school (ED) linked to your research area.


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